Lightnin' Hopkins - Goin' Away
Lightnin' Hopkins - Goin' Away
Lightnin' Hopkins - Goin' Away
Lightnin' Hopkins - Goin' Away

Lightnin' Hopkins - Goin' Away

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Vocals, Guitar – Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins [click here to see more vinyl featuring Lightnin' Hopkins]

Bass – Leonard Gaskin

Drums – Herbie Lovelle

Written by Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins 


1 LP,  standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label : Prestige Bluesville

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 4, 1963 by Rudy Van Gelder

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1963

Reissued in 2016

Tracks :

Side A :

1. Wake Up Old Lady
2. Don't Embarrass Me, Baby
3. Stranger Here
4. Little Sister's Boogie

Side B :

1. Goin' Away
2. You Better Stop Her
3. Business You'r Doin'
4. I'm Wit' It


TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal

Named a "Top Ten Vinyl Reissues of 2016" by The Absolute Sound

Reviews :

"At times the guitar seems a bit low in the mix, but on this remastered Analogue Productions LP, cut from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray, it sounds warm and natural while the boisterous vocals have have a commanding presence; the recording also does a fine job of capturing Leonard Gaskin's deep bass tones and the timbre of Herbie Lovelle's brushes." Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, September 2016.

« For the 1963 album Goin' Away, Lightnin' Hopkins was backed by a spare rhythm section -- bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herb Lovelle -- who managed to follow his ramshackle, instinctual sense of rhythm quite dexterously, giving Hopkins' skeletal guitar playing some muscle. Still, the spotlight remains Hopkins, who is in fine form here. There are no real classics here, but everything is solid, particularly "Stranger Here" and "You Better Stop Her," making it worth investigation by serious fans of Hopkins' classic material. » AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins, a true poet who invented most of his lyrics on the spot and never seemed to run out of new ideas, was a blues giant of post-war blues whose style was rooted in pre-war Texas traditions. While he cranked up his amp to fierce proportions when performing for his friends at Houston juke joints, producers who recorded him for the so-called folk-blues market usually insisted that he use an acoustic guitar for more “authentic” results. Either way, Lightnin’ seldom made a bad record, and this June 4, 1963, session on which he played acoustic was among his finest, thanks much to the sensitive support of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herbie Lovelle, who did a remarkable job of following his irregular bar patterns and abrupt song endings.



AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 4.57 / 5 , The Absolute Sound : Music = 4.5/5 Sonics = 4/5

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